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Dr. Mark Pack
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Edema (Definition)

Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water ...Read more


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Can you tell me how stasis lead to edema?

Can you tell me how stasis lead to edema?

Gravity: Any time your body remains in one position with little or no movement and muscle contractions the lymph stays relatively stagnant. This leads to edema or swelling of the dependent area gravity also takes its toll. So if you sit all day in on position IE plane ride yur feet and legs may swell ...Read more

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I have edema and a venous stasis ulcer. Help please?

I have edema and a venous stasis ulcer. Help please?

Vein hypertension: You need an evaluation by a clinician that understands this disease process. Seek help from your internist , wound care physician, vascular surgeon etc. ...Read more

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What are the tests for pulmonary edema?

What are the tests for pulmonary edema?

Auscultation & x-ray: Edema in the lungs alters the breath sounds on examination with a stethoscope, auscultation. Chest x-ray also reveals pulmonary edema due to alteration in the shadows of the lung. Lab tests to distinguish between edema and pneumonia may include crp, bnp and in rare cases examination of brochopulmonary fluid. ...Read more

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I always have edema of the whole body, although my total body water is 56% (+ - 3%). What's the reason of edema? What tests could you recommend me?

I always have edema of the whole body, although my total body water is 56% (+ -  3%). What's the reason of edema? What tests could you recommend me?

?, Check Albumen: Accurately measuring body water is a bit difficult; ? The value; it would correspond to significant body fat. Blood pressure, ~25 mmhg capillary inlet, 15 outlet, constantly pushes blood plasma water out of capillaries into tissues, body wide. Check albumen, half-life ~12-14 hrs, constantly made by liver, osmotically attracts water from tissue back into capillaries. If low, edema more common. ...Read more

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Can cancer cause severe edema? If so what kind of cancers can cause you to retain fluid. All other tests were normal. I need help.

Yes: Generalized edema is due to low Albumin levels in the serum and not frequently seen with cancer. Edema of the extremities can be caused by cancer in the pelvis obstruction the return flow of blood from pressure on in iliac vessels. This js a more frequent finding. ...Read more

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I've had recurrent pitting edema on my legs. I've done several tests, and Results show I'm fine. Please why so and what should I do? Thanks

I've had recurrent pitting edema on my legs. I've done several tests, and Results show I'm fine. Please why so and what should I do? Thanks

Low salt/exercise: The best ways to avoid edema are to go on a very low salt (sodium) restricted diet and to do a lot of walking. The foods to avoid on a low salt diet are any prepared foods or processed foods. Fresh and frozen foods usually are low sodium. Walking frequently and moving your legs will help your veins return the fluid back up from your legs. ...Read more

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I did several tests that ruled out kidney,liver&other issues.But I sometimes have pitting edema(not always) but esp when I stand for long&stress. Why?

I did several tests that ruled out kidney,liver&other issues.But I sometimes have pitting edema(not always) but esp when I stand for long&stress. Why?

Venous insufficiency: Most people will get some swelling of the feet on prolonged standing. If the venous return is less than optimal, more water will accumulate in the dependent parts. Try reducing your salt intake to see if that helps. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Liver, kidneys and heart have all been ruled out through tests but i still have severe edema. I've gained 76lbs in a year. Help me?

Liver, kidneys and heart have all been ruled out through tests but i still have severe edema. I've gained 76lbs in a year.  Help me?

Edema: Unclear where the edema is. If it is in the lower extremities then consider lymphedema. Also would looks at hormonal causes like adrenal or thyroid problems. ...Read more

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My 25 hydroxy vitaminD test came out to be 13.24 ng/dl. It is insufficient. I have pcos and have persistent facial edema. Are the two related?

My 25 hydroxy vitaminD test came out to be 13.24 ng/dl. It is insufficient. I have pcos and have persistent facial edema. Are the two related?

13.24: No the two are not related. Your doctor should give you Vitamin D 50,000 units to take once a week for two months. Then you should go to a Pharmacy and purchase (at little cost) a bottle of vitamin D pills - 100 per bottle. It is available as 1000 or 2000 unit capsules and you should take one at bedtime. ...Read more

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I have full body edema and symptoms of lupus but tests are negative. RA tests neg, too. what else could this be? Joint pain as well. She 34. No meds.

I have full body edema and symptoms of lupus but tests are negative. RA tests neg, too. what else could this be? Joint pain as well. She 34. No meds.

Needs treatment: Total body edema is caused by excess salt retention by the kidneys and can be seen in certain disorders of the kidney, heart, or liver. All 3 need evaluation and you should limit salt intake severely. Your doctor will very likely need to prescribe one or more diuretics. ...Read more

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Im 22yrs F & hv swollen face since d past 7-8yrs.My 25 hydroxy vitamin D test reslt is 13.46 ng/dl.I dnt hv edema anywhr else on body.The two related?

Im 22yrs F & hv swollen face since d past 7-8yrs.My 25 hydroxy vitamin D test reslt is 13.46 ng/dl.I dnt hv edema anywhr else on body.The two related?

Vitamin D: !; Go to your pharmacist and buy over-the-counter vitamin D. It comes in bottles of about 100 capsules per bottle and you can choose between 1000 or 2000 units per capsule. They are not expensive and don't need a prescription. Take just one a day! 2: The tow problems are not related. See your doctor about your swollen face. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get edema and fatigue from kidney disease even though you have normal urine and blood tests?

Is it possible to get edema and fatigue from kidney disease even though you have normal urine and blood tests?

Swelling of Legs: By the time significant edema is occurring in kidney disfunction, tests are highly likely to detect the kidneys as the source. However there are several causes for edema and fatigue, including hypothyroidism, heart or liver problems as well as other less common ailments. If the only evaluation has been urine and blood, and it is normal, look into other causes other than the kidneys themselves. ...Read more

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A patient of 65 years has bilateral pedal edema.Everythng is being evaluated.Thyroid n kidney tests n doppler is normal .Tell me further wht to do?

A patient of 65 years has bilateral pedal edema.Everythng is being evaluated.Thyroid n kidney tests n doppler is normal .Tell me further wht to do?

Many possibilities: Some of the most common causes for pedal edema include: excess salt intake, varicose veins, prolonged sitting, certain medications (calcium channel blockers, pioglitazone, steroids). You did not mention if a heart evaluation has been done, as heart failure is also a common cause. Avoiding salt is very important to help decrease pedal edema. ...Read more

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25yo my calves, ankles and feet stay swollen w pitting edema. Been to ER twice and 2 docs. All tests normal. What can cause this and what can I do?

25yo my calves, ankles and feet stay swollen w pitting edema. Been to ER twice and 2 docs. All tests normal. What can cause this and what can I do?

Go to primary care: With your history i would want to make sure that they did urine tests to make sure that there is no protein in your urine. A urinalysis is the initial test done in most cases. An er is often not the best place to get this evaluated and you may be better off seeing a primary care physician who will decide if you need further referrals. Would also consider getting thyroid checked. ...Read more

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Mildly elevated liver enzymes 2 - 4 x upper limit 60% of tests for 3 years. Now liver enlarged on ultrasound. Episodes of edema and fevers. What now?

Consult hepatologist: Hi, the tests and the clinical symptoms that you describe warrant further work up by an experienced hepatologist. The possibilities are too numerous to discuss in the current setting. The main crux of the w/u would be to assess if the damage to the liver is not irreversible(cirrhosis); find the underlying cause to treat it. A liver biopsy may be indicated if all tests are neg. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more